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Next steps on health care: To be decided

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republican House leaders delayed a planned vote Thursday on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," because they lacked the votes. The delay was a stinging setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:59pm

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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Obamacare repeal vote put off in stinging setback for Trump

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50pm

After seven years of fervent promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders buckled at a moment of truth Thursday, putting off a planned showdown vote in a stinging setback for the young administration.

The Latest: Group says lower DUI limit hurts Utah eateries

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50pm

The Latest on a law giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country (all times local):

Obama's top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:47pm

The Obama administration's top civil rights lawyer announced Thursday she will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they see the Justice Department softening its focus on a number of their priorities.

Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40pm

Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on one of the state's medical marijuana companies whose former executives have been charged with illegally shipping $500,000 of marijuana oils to New York, pushing legislation allowing regulators to revoke the manufacturer's license and levy a huge fine.

The Latest: Revised bill cuts deficit reduction in half

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:40pm

The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):

Judge rules Dominion's coal ash pit polluted Virginia water

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A federal judge ruled Thursday that arsenic is flowing from a coal ash storage site in Chesapeake, polluting ground and surface water in violation of federal law but not at a level that threatens health or the environment.

Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:20pm

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.

Stock rally sputters after vote on health bill is delayed

Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump.

Democrats file ethics complaint over governor's skiing tweet

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is accusing Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of improperly promoting his family business by tweeting about the Waterville Valley ski resort from his official account.

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:04pm

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity.

Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:00pm

With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. But could he wind up with a plan that doesn't line up with some other campaign promises?

South Texas school board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:57pm

A South Texas school board has approved an estimated $1.2 billion in tax breaks to entice Exxon Mobil Corp. and its Saudi partner to build a $9.3 billion petrochemical plant within its district along the Texas Gulf Coast.

AP sources: US to approve Keystone XL pipeline

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, ending years of delay for a project that has served as a flashpoint in the national debate about climate change.

Democrats threaten delay on Supreme Court nominee

Mark Sherman and Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:56pm

Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to impede Judge Neil Gorsuch's path to the Supreme Court, setting up a political showdown with implications for future openings on the high court.

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix

Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices.

Republicans demand tougher stance on Chinese human rights

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

Two Republican lawmakers say the Trump administration must criticize China's human rights record.

The Latest: Kentucky's new abortion law comes under attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:40pm

The Latest on federal court hearing on Kentucky's new abortion law (all times local):